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Old 02-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #1
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how to connect 1/4" copper to 3/4" for humidifier


What is the best way to go from a 3/4" water line to 1/4" soft copper to connect a furnace humidifier?

I was going to T the 3/4" cold line then put a copper stub and some type of shutoff valve (not sure what is best for this situation) then I guess a 1/4" line compression fit into that somehow?

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They make a 5/8 compression(1/2 copper outside diameter) to 1/4" compression valve. do not use a saddle valve

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Alright ,theres really nothing wrong with a properly installed piercing valve.
It suffers from most of the same issues as most smaller valves.
1-It needs to be turned on/off once in a while to keep it from getting stuck and clogging up.
2-when they do leak its normally caused by the packing nut under the handle getting seized to the stem from non use.
So when you turn one on or off that hasnt been used in a long time the packing nut ends up loosening when you open the valve,you can just snug up the packing nut while holding the handle most of the time.
The other common option is to cut a 3/4x3/4x1/2 tee in there and sweat a threaded bung fitting into the 1/2" side and thread a valve into it.
Either way you should open/close the valve a couple times a year to keep it from seizing up
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